Ford Can Ask District Court To Unseal Garlock Docs

Law360, New York (March 28, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina bankruptcy judge said Thursday that Ford Motor Co. can ask a federal district court to decide whether to grant its bid to access sealed evidence that allowed Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC to expose dubious tactics by plaintiffs' attorneys that inflated past asbestos injury settlements.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges, who in January relied on that evidence to slash Garlock’s estimated liability from $1.25 billion to $125 million, said at a hearing Thursday that Ford can ask a federal district court to decide on its motion to unseal the evidence.

Ford, which has been a co-defendant with Garlock in...

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